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November 6th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Stories | #
This is an idea that came to me for possibly a short video ad of some sort.  Promotes safer driving I guess, but really.. change the ending and it could promote a lot of things.

  Scroll through a series of scenes showing every day life.  Closer shots show they are actually running backwards.  Over time, we see that these are all mistakes that people make (spilling coffee, breaking tables, etc) that are fixed by going backwards in time.

  Eventually we come to the scene of a car accident with a car pinning a helpless victim to a tree.  The scene running backwards, however, does not solve the issue.  The car pulls away and the victim slides to the ground.  The car is intact - in fact, it's brand new - but the person is still dead.
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World Changes

November 6th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Change the world, but don't let it change you.
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Walls Have Ears

November 5th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

The walls have ears. The windows have eyes. The doors have teeth.

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October 17th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

To want something but not expect it is not to have it.

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Defying Physics

October 16th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
It takes knowledge to defy the laws of superstition.
It takes the lack-thereof to defy the laws of physics.
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Judging Open Minds

October 13th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Judging an open mind is like throwing a rock through an open window.
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October 12th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
We envision heroes as those who act without motive but become suspicious of people who actually have no motive.
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Friend in the Shadows

September 30th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Stories | #
     A man is traveling with his family and gets stranded in a dark cave.  He is alone and trapped in a large pit within the cave.  Fortunately, there is a stream of sunlight reaching down towards one end of the pit and plants are growing there.  From these few crops he is able to survive.  Later he also climbs down rocks deeper into the cave where it's darker and discovers a river where he can catch fish.

     The whole time he is alone until he one day notices someone standing in the shadows on the other side of the river.  The person can't really be seen and is just a dark figure.  The man calls and waves out.  The person doesn't say anything, but the man assumes it's because they're too far apart to hear each other.  However, the person seems to motion or signal back before fading back into the shadows.

     The man doesn't see this person again until one day he injures himself along...[More]
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September 26th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

When your mind is at peace, your mind isn’t doing anything and you are doing nothing and it is the same thing a mind does when it is dead.

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Monkey Bars

September 25th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

Sense of achievement is what you feel the first time you are able to skip every other monkey bar. Sense of age is what you feel when you realize you can reach the monkey bars without jumping.

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Fearing Death

September 20th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
The problem with fearing death is you won't know it if it happens.
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Living Transparent

September 19th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #

Living Transparent by Reasoner

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The River

August 28th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

Be the rock that holds against the river or the water that flows with the current but not the fish that dies swimming upstream.

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Solid Beliefs

August 22nd, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

Forming beliefs is to go insane, and then come back from it.

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Summer Breeze

August 20th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Summer Breeze by Blackhole12
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Music and Sound Editing

August 10th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #

Free tools and programs to edit audio and mp3 files.  Resources and tips to read on.

     Of course, the best programs would have to cost money, but for those of us with somewhat of a budget, these are some of the programs I've found most useful.  Further down are also resources I found useful for advice on how to better edit sounds or music pieces.

General Sound Editing

Audacity - General purpose sound editor.  Does fading, cutting, and a number of effects.
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August 4th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

Flawlessness is subjective; flaws are not.

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Diagonal Lines on Video Capture with TV Tuner

July 29th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

  This has been bugging me for some time, but I always assumed it was just the monitor or editor program.  Basically what’s been happening is any video I capture from VHS or TV to my computer ends up with every so slight but definitely visible lines going diagonally across the screen.  I’m not sure how to explain it.  It’s not interlacing (those are horizontal and a whole other issue) and it doesn’t actually hurt the video that much like other artifacting.  You actually have to pause the video to notice them (at which you’ll see diagonal lines frozen across the image).  They’re kind of like crosshatches I guess - or honeycombs.  There really ought to be a name for it, but I can’t seem to find any references to it on Google.

  Here’s a picture of what I mean:

Diagonal lines definitely visible across the hands.

  Basic solution I’ve found so far is to keep the capture device and cables away from cables (especially power lines) if possible.  The issue was that I had the video cables crossing over a number of other cables to get to the computer (lot of cables coming out of the back of a computer - what’d you expect? :P).  Once I moved the VCR farther away and made pretty much a separate area just for the video cables to go through, the issue cleared up.

  I’m glad the issue is solved, but I kind of wish I knew exactly what it was to begin with.  A name would be nice.  Surely I’m not the first to run into this problem, so it’d be helpful to read up on it.

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Untapped Potential

July 29th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

Potential that refuses to be tapped is potential that was never there to begin with.

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Ignoring Someone

July 26th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Just because someone ignores you doesn't mean they aren't listening.
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